British world No 1 Joe Salisbury crashes OUT of Wimbledon after somehow losing men’s doubles semi-final… as he and American partner Rajeev Ram squander FIVE match points and a two-set lead against Australian pair Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell
- Joe Salisbury and US partner Rajeev Ram failed to reach the Wimbledon finals
- They were beaten in five sets by Australian duo Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell
- The pair squandered five match points after taking a two-set advantage
- Ebden and Purcell will now play in the men’s doubles final on Saturday
Britain’s Joe Salisbury and American partner Rajeev Ram squandered a two set lead against Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell to lose in the Wimbledon men’s doubles semi-final on Thursday.
Salisbury, the world No 1 in men’s doubles, and Ram took the first set 6-3 on court one before claiming the second after a tiebreak.
They also led 6-4 in the third-set tie-break and had five chances to win it, two of them on their own serves, but could not take any and from there the momentum swung.
Joe Salisbury crashed out of the men’s doubles semi-final with American partner Rajeev Ram
Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell came from two sets down to make the final on Saturday
Ebden and Purcell edged out a close tiebreak in the third before taking the final two sets to complete a 3-6 6-7 (1) 7-6 (9) 6-4 6-2 victory and book a place in Saturday’s final.
Although Salisbury and Ram have experienced grand-slam title success by winning the 2020 Australian Open and the US Open 2021, the pair have never won Wimbledon and will need to wait another year to have a bite at the cherry.
It marked a second year of heartache for Salisbury, who was beaten alongside Harriet Dart in the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon last year.
Salisbury (L) and Ram (R) failed to capitalise on five match points against Ebden and Purcell
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